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Girls Track: Tigers win Faribault Invite

Everyone from the varsity veterans to the first-time JV runners shined in what head coach Tom Hart described as a dominant performance in the first official outdoor meet of the season last Tuesday night at Bruce Smith Field in Faribault.

The Tigers won all four relays and finished first in three other individual events in capturing the chilly Faribault Invitational title with 163.9 points. Dover-Eyota/St. Charles outscored the host Falcons 108.9-103.8 in the battle for second and teams from Triton, Austin, Trinity School and Liberty Classical Academy rounded out the field.

"It was a good night for our team," Hart said. "The entire team needs to be recognized as our JV relays would have scored if they could have counted. We really looked dominant on the track."

Nicole Clifton and Ajoke Olatunji were each part of three first-place performances for the Tigers. Clifton opened by joining Devyn Alberts, Jackie Beckett and Kaitlin Mincke for a winning time of 9:58.09 in the 4x800-meter relay, then claimed the open 400 in 1:01.67 before closing out the meet by combining with Beckett, Anna Findsen and Maria Kiminski for a victorious 4:16.34 clocking in the 4x400.

Olatunji anchored the 4x100 relay to a narrow win over Faribault, 53.09-53.28, and took the top spots in both the 100 and 200 dashes.

Lauren McHenry, Amy Kiminski and Rilee Carufel rounded out the 4x100, while McHenry, Kiminski, Isis Alexander and Chardea Cornell were champions in the 4x200. McHenry added a third-place time of 28.28 in the 200 and Erin Hickey and Carufel went 6-7 in the 100.

The Tigers turned in two other scoring triples in the 300 hurdles and the shot put. In the hurdles, Betsy Anderson crossed the finish line third, just as she did in the 100 hurdles, and teammates Maria Kiminski and Breanna Thompson were right behind in fifth and sixth, respectively.

In the shot put, Tiger volleyball standout Katie Habeck finished second with a toss of 31-3 in her first outdoor meet. Corryn Taylor was fourth in the event and Danielle Froehling placed fifth.

The Tigers were able to turn in scoring doubles in three other field events -- the long jump, triple jump and pole vault.

Amy Kiminski was second in the long jump with a leap of 15-2, just under a foot ahead of Hickey, who finished sixth. Hickey added a fourth-place showing in the triple jump, where teammate Haley Luhman earned second with an effort of 31-5.75.

In the pole vault, Katrina Fitzgerald tied for third at 7-0 and Rachel Sand was sixth, clearing the same height.

Freshman Bailey Opsal provided scoring in both distance events. She ran to a third-place time of 12:49 in the 3,200, then came back to take third in the 1,600 in 5:59. Beckett was second in the 800 in 2:29.30 and Findsen chipped in two points with a fifth-place time of 1:06.79 in the 400.

The Tigers compete again this afternoon when girls teams from Mahtomedi, Simley, Lakeville South, Cretin-Derham Hall and New Prague come to Tiger Field for the Farmington Invite. Events get under way at 4 p.m.